Pennsylvania zinc plant explosion lawsuit settled for $3.5 million
03 November 2014
According to TimesOnline, the families of two men killed in a July 2010 explosion at the former Horsehead Corp zinc plant in Potter Township, north west of Pittsburgh, have settled their lawsuit for $3.5 million. Two workers were killed and a third injured in the explosion at the plant, which was situated on the Ohio River.
Autopsies showed both of the fatalities died of asphyxiation from smoke inhalation.
The explosion happened in a section of the plant’s refinery where natural gas and carbon monoxide are used to oxidise the molten zinc.
The zinc smelter, formerly the largest in the US, was closed at the end of 2013 and the site is being considered by Shell Chemical for a new ethane cracker to process gas from the nearby Marcellus Shale.